Beauty Tips: Free Radicals and Your Skin

Our skin is our protective barrier and our protective barrier on a daily basis comes under attack from free radicals. Free radicals are everywhere and all around us, they are created in the environment – dust, pollution, and sunlight and from smoking, etc these harmful factors play havoc to our skin. What are free radicals? Free radicals are unstable molecules, that are made up of atoms and these atoms are made of pairs of electrons so when an atom is missing an electron that’s when free radicals are formed.

Free radicals can damage the skin by trying to grab an electron from atoms in the skin, so what you have is one over active unstable cell hunting around for an electron from another cell to help calm and rebalance it think security blanket. But, instead of this happening it actually has the reverse effect turning the healthy cell into another free radical so what you get is a ripple effect, causing cell by cell damage to elastic fibers and breakdown in skin’s collagen resulting in brown spots, broken blood vessels, loose and saggy skin and creating wrinkles.

Wearing Sunscreen is always a good preventative method, and adding antioxidants is beneficial. Antioxidants are substances or nutrients found in our bodies, in products and food, they are molecule that stops the process of free radicals. These antioxidants have super hero powers their job is to help calm down and reduce free radical damage, by improving cell function, increasing collagen production, improve elasticity, create healthier, younger cells and reduce sun damage. Some suggested products:

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum: This antioxidant-rich serum fights blackheads and protects skin from environmental damage.

Avalon Organics, Intense Defense with Vitamin C, Facial SerumHighly concentrated treatment serum is designed to target hyperpigmentation, sagging and lines, the most visible signs of UV-induced stress. Contains antioxidant-rich Vitamin C, Lemon Bioflavonoids and White Tea help reactivate cellular renewal and promote collagen and elastin production. Helps fight the visible signs of photo-aging, resulting in smoother, softer skin with improved tone.

POWER C+ Energizing Cream SPF15 Normal to Dry Skins: Antioxidant day cream provides a light effect on the skin, formulated with vitamin C high absorption and Granada extract, an antioxidant combination for a brighter light effect.

Juice Beauty Antioxidant Moisturizer: Light weight certified organic botanical juices, vitamins and peptides, helps hydrate, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, an leaves skin feeling silky smooth. Great for all skin types especially normal to combination.

Hibiscus Antioxidant Face Mask: Radiance repair mask formulated with gentle retexturizing blend of glycolic and Lactic (AHAs) Acids to improve skin’s clarity and firmness. Bioflavonoid rich Hibiscus, Raw Blueberries and Cranberries and super hydrating Bio-Processed Oils restore moisture while stimulating cell turn-over to reveal younger vibrant skin.

DIY Juicing – apple, blackcurrant and açai berry: Apples and blackcurrants are rich in vitamin C, which promotes collagen production – essential for smooth-looking skin. Hailed as a “superberry”, the chocolatey-tasting acai berry comes from the Brazilian rainforest. Sold as juice or frozen pulp, it boasts omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids, which are great for the skin, and high level of the antioxidant anthocyanin. Recipe: 4 apples, cut into wedges, 40 blackcurrents, 1 tablespoon shop-bought acai berry juice or defrosted frozen pulp. Press alternate apple chunks, and the blackcurrents through a juicer. Stir in the acai berry juice or pulp and drink immediately.

Its important to continuously maintain and stay committed to your body and skin, as improvements don’t happen over night, it takes time and determination for lasting results.

About the Author

London’s go-to prestigious beauty therapist. Fere is renowned for her bespoke non-invasive facials, tailor made and adapted to the needs of each and every client. She now counts more than 30 years experience and a wealth of beauty knowledge in her endless pursuit for the body beautiful. Fere & Hasti is founded by mother and daughter duo. Hasti Parangi, Fere’s daughter also offers bespoke facials and also practices holistic healing. The two talents make Neville hair and beauty, 5 Pont Street, Belgravia SW1X 9EJ an unrivaled one-stop to wellbeing and younger, brighter, beautiful skin. Follow them on instagram @fereandhasti and check out their website at